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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Asian V8 Championship Series to Boost Racing Tourism in the Phils.

The Philippine Formula Autosport Foundation, Inc (PFAFI) has signed a memorandum of agreement with NASCAR representatives to become its exclusive regional partner in mounting the first-ever Asian V8 Championship Series, a set of races to determine top Filipino and Asian drivers who will participate in NASCAR-sanctioned United States and European events.

The agreement was signed by PFAFI founder and president Tom Pastor, Ed Cox of Orion Motorsport representing US NASCAR West Coast and Euro Nascar, at the Resorts World Manila Atrium.

"We are excited to finally partner with one of the world's largest motorsports franchises and earn the distinction of hosting the Nascar-qualifying event in the entire Asian region," said Pastor, "With this partnership, we are all revved-up to bring the Philippines back on the global map of motorsports."

On hand to witness the signing ceremony were top executives of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) led by COO Mark Lapid; selected consuls and ambassadors; proponents of Circuit Showdown,  a grassroots motorsport event which holds both time trial and wheel-to-wheel racing; and renowned stock car drivers: Enzo Pastor from the Philippines, Christian Jones and Callum Whatmoore from Australia and Joe Merzei from Macau.

The Asian V8 Championship  Series will feature eight late-model NASCAR racecars with brand-new engines and 16 International stock car drivers.

The races are slated on April 5, 6 at the 2.8-kilometer Clark Intl Speedway in Mabalacat, Pampanga; May 3 and 4 at the 3.4-kilometer  Batangas Racing Circuit in Rosario, Batangas; July 5 and 6 at the Clark Intl Speedway. Official tests and celebrity test runs is on March 1 at the Batangas Racing Circuit.

Winners in the Asian V8 Championship Series Open and Pro categories will be qualified to race in the Nascar Whelen Euro Series in Europe and the K&N Pro NASCAR Series in the United States respectively.

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